DECODING WEDDING INVITES
Dressing for a wedding can be something of a sartorial minefield. But fear not, we’ve taken matters into our own hands, decoding tricky wedding invites to bring you the best men’s wedding guest outfits for every type of occassion.
COUNTRY WEDDING = TRADITIONAL HERITAGE
Invite says: Barn, village church, manor house, marquee
What to wear: A country wedding calls for the most traditional dress. Think three-piece suits in heritage tweeds or checks. You want to go for softly, softly colours – greys, camels, nudes and pale blue – to fit into your surroundings. If the invite’s looking really rustic, go for a dressed-down version. A pastel coloured shirt and tie with braces can look both simultaneously vintage and modern. Keep shoes brown and swap any flashy cufflinks for a heritage-inspired watch.
CITY WEDDING = SHARP AND MODERN
Invite says: Hotel, town hall, gallery, city park
What to wear: A city wedding is the chance to go all-out and make a statement. Channel a bold hue – burnt red or bright blue – or an understated tone – sophisticated grey or black. Do away with the waistcoat and go for a simple tie and jacket combo. A black tie with a black shirt can look very Hollywood. Alternatively, a fine knit, layered over a shirt with a dark jacket, or a simple crew neck tee under a jacket are ideal if you’re less comfy in a full-on suit.
BEACH WEDDING = CRISP AND RELAXED
Invite says: English seaside or abroad
What to wear: If the invite’s whimsical and beach-y, you know you can go for a more relaxed dress code. The white shirt is your hero piece for this look. Choose a slim fit, go tieless and roll the sleeves up. Tuck into neutral chinos, grey suit trousers or pair with dark tailored shorts. If you feel like you need a blazer, think about a linen variety in chalky grey or muted blue. Go for loafers (sockless) or plimsolls but avoid sandals – you may be at the beach but closed toe says a much more sophisticated look.
DRESS CODE 101
If you find yourself with a dress code on the invite, here’s the lowdown on exactly what they mean…
White tie: The most formal of all the dress codes. Don tails, a white waistcoat and a bow tie.
Black tie: This calls for a tux.
Black tie optional: A tuxedo or a dark suit is equally fine.
Morning suit: This calls for a morning coat, a waistcoat, striped trousers and a top hat if you’re feeling really fancy.
Lounge suit: This may sound complicated but is simply a suit.
Cocktail attire: Think a dark suit and tie in black or grey.
Semi-casual or semi-formal: Wear a suit and tie. Go for lighter hues if it’s more of a daytime event and darker if it’s an evening do.
Casual: Jeans would be too casual. A shirt and trousers are perfect here.
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